Jose Mourinho’s charm offensive at Spurs is nauseating and will end in tears

first_imgDele Alli slams ‘arrogant’ Spurs as Marcus Rashford ruins Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United return SO MANY Tottenham supporters have bought into the Jose Mourinho hype.The soundbites, the suits, the ballboy. The Special One is on the charm offensive and most fans have been lapping it up.3 Jose Mourinho endured his first defeat as Spurs manager at Old TraffordCredit: Getty – ContributorBut not me.The appointment of Mourinho has driven me largely toward apathy and disillusionment with my club.I have to be fair – he is without doubt one of the top three Premier League managers of all time, only Sir Alex Ferguson, and possibly Arsene Wenger, can be considered more accomplished in this division.But the game moves on.People talk of what a coup it is for Tottenham to have secured a manager of Mourinho’s “calibre” and standing within the game – but ultimately, his reputation has taken a battering and he is just as desperate as Spurs are.It’s a marriage of “convenience”, and Jose has instantly gone on the charm offensive.And it’s nauseating.Lines like “back me and I’ll make you winners”, and “are you Dele or Dele’s brother” – they are fantastic soundbites, but they are also empty statements.3When Mourinho arrived back at Chelsea in 2013, he called himself the Happy One.Well, that didn’t last long.He was acrimoniously sacked by the Blues when things had gotten toxic in 2015 and then rocked up at United with a reputation bruised, but his ego remained.He again went on the charm offensive, saying: “There is a mystique and a romance about it [Manchester United] which no other club can match.”This is the sort of “nice” albeit empty line that he has already often peddled so far at Spurs.But the truth is, his United side played dire football and in the end he appeared to alienate just about everyone at the club.Mourinho is not the manager he once was, but Spurs fans are so desperate for trophies after agonisingly falling short under Mauricio Pochettino, that they are blinded by the lustre of Jose’s past achievements.It’s not about spitting the dummy out after only four games in charge, it’s about believing from the start that Jose is not the man to lead the team forward.Already in his first four games in charge, you can see that Spurs have begun to play more long balls.3 Dele Alli has played well under Mourinho so far, unlike many othersCredit: AFP or licensorsAdmittedly, the high energy press that characterised the Pochettino era had not been seen for a while – but it seems likely to disappear forever under the new regime.And while fans will tolerate long-ball, counter-attacking football at home to the likes of Bournemouth while there is a novelty factor and optimism – when that starts to fade, it will not be accepted at Spurs.This is a club that has prided itself on its rich traditions for decades.Of playing with style and panache, doing things with flair.Even at his most successful, days that feel long behind him, Mourinho’s teams did not match these values of doing things in the “right way”.Mauricio Pochettino made Spurs fans believe in their team again, he reminded them of everything that is wonderful about supporting this club.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearHiring Mourinho, however, seems a step in the direction of abandoning the traditions of the club in the desperate pursuit of short-term success – a pursuit that will ultimately drive fans mad and suck all of the fun out of it.Which sounds rather a lot like what has happened down the road at Arsenal.It’s important that football remains something to be enjoyed, and when it inevitably ends in tears, Spurs will find themselves back at square one.last_img read more

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Key players out for both teams ahead of Costa Rica – Netherlands

first_imgDefender Roy Miller will miss Costa Rica’s historic World Cup quarterfinal with the Netherlands on Saturday because of a left foot injury, according to his federation. Miller, a reserve defender on the national team, almost certainly would’ve certainly started against the Dutch in place of centerback Óscar Duarte — who was red carded during the Ticos’ previous match.Miller started in the final group game, a 0-0 draw with England. But now La Sele will look for a new replacement for Duarte — who was sent off in the 66th minute of Sunday’s last-16 game against Greece which Costa Rica won on penalties. Jhonny Acosta or midfielder José Miguel Cubero are the likely options to fill the absence.“The scan showed Miller had a slightly torn muscle in his left foot,” the federation said in a statement.The 29-year-old, who plays for MLS side New York Red Bulls, is useful to Costa Rica as he can play at left back or central defense. La Sele also lost another versatile defender, Heiner Mora, to a heel injury right before the World Cup began. As a result, the Ticos’ excellent defense looks rather thin at the moment.Costa Rica will start as the underdogs against the Dutch despite having topped their group with victories over Uruguay and Italy. The Ticos are playing in their first ever quarterfinal thanks to a gutsy performance against the Greeks as the team held on following Duarte’s expulsion.For the opposition, Netherlands midfielder Nigel De Jong will almost certainly miss the rest of the World Cup after suffering a torn groin muscle, a statement said Tuesday.The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said on its Twitter feed that De Jong would “probably” be sidelined for two to four weeks, ruling him out of the remainder of the tournament.The holding midfielder limped off early in Holland’s 2-1 win over Mexico on Sunday.Tico Times reporter Matt Levin contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:Are you ready for Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands? 32 fascinating facts about Tico football Get fired up: Cool video previews Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands Costa Rica achieves highest FIFA ranking ever (No. 16) after historic World Cup run Costa Rica’s last hurrah in historic World Cup runlast_img read more

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